Sanders Park Hardwoods State Natural Area
This State Natural Area is located within Sanders County Park and is part of an ancient terrace of Lake Michigan. Hiking trails access the dry forest of basswood, white oak, black walnut and white ash. Blooming orchids and ferns follow the rich wildflower display in the spring. Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Wood Thrush, and Scarlet Tanager are found here along with a good variety of woodpeckers that hammer the dead elm trees in the low areas.
Directions: From the intersection of Hwys 31 & 11 in southwest Racine, go south 2.1 miles on Hwy 31, then east 1 mile on Cty KR, then north 0.5 mile on Woods Road to the park entrance.
Gazetteer: Page 31, C-7 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 95, C-8 (10th edition).
Phone: 920/892-8756 (Wisconsin DNR).
Signature species: Eastern-Wood Pewee and Great-crested Flycatcher.
Rare species: Red-headed Woodpecker and Mourning Warbler.
Seasonality: Open all year.
Parking: Parking lot.
Nearest food & lodging: Racine.